Hybrid Poplar

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Hybrid Poplar Grows an Amazing 8 Feet a Year!

  • Seedless Variety Won't Make a Mess
  • Super-Fast Growing
  • Beautiful Pyramidal Form
  • Tolerates Poor Soil
  • Gives Quick Cover for Screens, Windbreaks and Shelterbelts
  • Long Lived
  • Disease and Pest Resistant

If you need fast shade and screening, this improved tree is a serious contender. Hybrid Poplar (Populus deltoides x Populus nigra) is a really fast-growing shade tree.

Also called a Seedless or Cottonless Cottonwood, this naturally occurring hybrid is one of the fastest-growing trees that we sell. A best-seller, it produces no cottony seed to make a mess.

This elegant tree grows into a tall pyramidal form. It requires little - if any - pruning because it will mature naturally into a neat outline.

Hybrid Poplars are fantastic plants to include in shelterbelts and windbreak plantings. They quickly form the bones of the barrier you desire. These trees are widely adaptable and will tolerate nearly any kind of soil.

Once young plants are established, they can put on 6, 8, or even more feet of new growth in a single season. Luckily, they are not only fast-growing but are also strong-wooded and long-lived.

They will make a sophisticated choice for a windbreak or privacy screen. It is also perfect to line a driveway or use as a fast-growing shade tree for your yard.

From spring through summer, Hybrid Poplar will be beautiful cloaked in unique, shiny, dark green almost triangular leaves. In the fall you will be captivated by the stunning yellow leaves waving in the breeze.

The sound of the leaves in a gentle wind is an often overlooked attribute of the Poplar. Youll appreciate the lovely rustling sound, which helps mask the modern city sounds of nearby traffic.

If you're looking for an attractive, fast-growing, carefree and large shade tree you can't go wrong with the Hybrid Poplar. It's a perfect choice anywhere you'd like to have a tree quickly.

Theyll even grow in poor soils. As you know, many times construction sites for commercial and residential areas do not always leave behind the best soils. Hybrid Poplar wont mind. They can perform quickly and beautifully in poor-quality fill dirt and soil that is rocky, stony, and sandy.

A favorite of homeowners and builders, the Hybrid Poplar is a great-looking, hardy tree. It can grow in almost any climate and will thrive just about anywhere.

Order today, these lovely trees sell out quickly.

How to Use Hybrid Poplar in the Landscape

The perfect tree for interplanting in shelterbelts and windbreaks for sure creating the fastest vertical barrier until the other trees have a chance to catch up. Dont forget to mix with some natural groups of Pines, Spruce, or evergreens that work well in your area.

Hybrid Poplar looks great when used in a natural informal grouping. Just vary the distance between plants and rows when planting.

A grouping of an odd number of trees on a large scape property will not only block the winds and snows but also help to create a nice microclimate. Use it as a backdrop for a lovely mixed shrub border.

Hybrid Poplars are fantastic fast-growing trees that will grow in almost any soil which opens lots of doors for tough sites. Commercial sites love to use them at highway interchanges. Where the soils have been disturbed or backfilled with poor soils for growing.

These are great trees for commercial use for new highways, golf courses, and new subdivisions in addition to creating fast-growing wind protection in wide open areas.

Golf courses like to use them for defining the fairways and creating some protection between holes from errant shots, and areas that are too dry or poor soils.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Hybrid Poplar is adaptable to most soils. However, you will want to give it a moderate amount of supplemental water, if you dont get adequate rainfall. Protect your investment and screening with roughly an inch of water a week.

If you need to prune a branch, do so in early spring before it starts to grow for the season. Give the tree plenty of space to reach its full height and width. You wont want to prune for size control.

This is a great plant for an open area. Give at least 30 feet from drainage fields, driveways, and sidewalks to give room for the entire root system. Use it in the right spot, and youll fall in love.

This fast-growing, long-lived seedless version of the beloved native Cottonwood is a treasure. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Hybrid Poplar Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Populus deltoides x nigra
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 60 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant